do·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio) \
plural dories

Definition of dory

: a flat-bottomed boat with high flaring sides, sharp bow, and deep V-shaped transom

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The team harnessed El Niño flows to rip through the canyon on a wooden dory named the Emerald Mile in 36:38. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Setting a Speed Record Through the Grand Canyon," 24 May 2018 Fishermen pulled their dories up on land and hung up their nets and lines while their home islands floated on a veritable sea of whiskey, wine, and money. Marc Wortman, Smithsonian, "This Tiny French Archipelago Became America’s Alcohol Warehouse During Prohibition," 17 Jan. 2018 Everything is hunky dory and the sequences have a hazy quality to them, supporting the idea that this is not really the future. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Recap: 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 premiere gets the series back on track," 22 Oct. 2017 No one who knows anything thinks that McConnell and Trump are now -- or ever will be -- hunky dory. 2. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "9 things Donald Trump didn't tell the truth about on Monday," 17 Oct. 2017 Does this mean that all is hunky dory between India and China? Nirmala George, The Seattle Times, "India, China to pull back troops from border confrontation," 28 Aug. 2017 Sea kayaks, canoes, skiffs, powerboats, inner tubes, water skis, dories and dinghies lean against buildings and sit in driveways along Highway 169. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On the Water, and Into the Wild," 21 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of dory

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dory

Miskito dóri dugout

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English Language Learners Definition of dory

: a boat that has a flat bottom and high sides and that is used especially for fishing


do·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio) \
plural dories

Kids Definition of dory

: a boat with a flat bottom, high sides that flare out, and a sharp bow

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